I hope, wherever you were tonight (or last night, for some of you reading), that your skies were as clear as they were here at Camp. It was welcomed after steady rain the night before. But tonight, if you look up at the sky here at Camp, I recommend you not stare too hard, because there are so many layers upon layers of stars that you risk a dizzy spell and falling over. It’s breathtaking. Does it make anyone else feel really small? It sure does it to me.
Our Algonquin Adventure 2 kids arrived back today, and the first thing they had to do was set all their tents back out and hang all their gear out to dry. Wednesday night was a soaker. Graeme told me the story of them getting to their campsite spot on Wednesday night, and how they paddled right into a mass of clouds that they could just tell were going to open up. They pulled their canoes up on shore, set up camp, and no sooner than they had everything up did it start to pour. They were protected from having to paddle in the rain though, except for a bit this morning, so we are thankful for that.
Following Melissa’s talk in Chapel this morning (side note: I hear her husband, Adam, is quite the guitar player and worship leader! Thanks for jumping in, Adam!), we had a baptism at the lake. I always love watching people be baptized in the lake, because the choice to be baptized at Camp always seems to hold such personal significance. There’s a reason that over the 5 years I’ve been staff here, I’ve probably watched a dozen baptisms. People feel at home here, and we love it. Congratulations, Adam, and thanks Bill for helping this happen here for him, like he wanted.
At Dinner tonight, we celebrated Chris and Sherri’s son Isaac’s 2nd birthday. He’ll be 2 on Monday, but they’ve gone home for a week so we wanted to make sure we showed him our love! If you want to see some great pictures of the look on a 2 year old’s face as sparklers are set on the table sticking out of a cupcake right in front of him, check them out. Sadly, we didn’t capture the moment where he almost shoved the cupcakes away because he was quite apprehensive of the sparklers, but as you can see, he cheered up quite quickly.
This evening, we had a talent show in the Chapel. I saw all kinds of talent! I think my favourite act though was the “throwing pebbles in the water” skit. This brought back all kinds of memories for me, because when I was a kids’ camper, my cabin did this all three years. My first year as a Camper, I’m pretty sure I was “Pebbles,” so you can imagine how entertaining it was for me to see a whole new generation of kids doing this skit. There were other awesome things as well, like Ashley singing the song she wrote about running and singing, which were two things she was told she’d never be able to do again after her car accident a year ago, and yet here she is, and she’s done them both every day. What an amazing testament to God’s power.
Following the Talent Show, there were sundaes and floats in the dining hall. I was introduced to (and refused to try) sundaes with Nerds on them. I suppose I probably shouldn’t mention it in here, because we’re almost out of Nerds in the tuck shop and now people will want to do it next week, but oh well! You’ll have to buy surprise bags and put gummy candy on your sundaes instead. Or Smarties. I suppose a tangy Sundae isn’t the worst thing….. right?